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    How we feel about our cars means the road to a driverless future may not be smooth
    How we feel about our cars means the road to a driverless future may not be smooth

    There is a reasonable expectation that autonomous vehicles will dominate the future of transport. Utopian visions suggest these driverless vehicles will lead to dramatic changes to our cities and their transportation.


    AAA looks at St John the Divine Church, Branxton (1873-1881) by John Horbury Hunt
    AAA looks at St John the Divine Church, Branxton (1873-1881) by John Horbury Hunt

    St John’s Church, Branxton, is a structure of modest scale and grand gesture. Set among dwellings of a similar size in the small country town an hour north west of Newcastle, it is dwarfed by the gum trees that surround it.


    AAA looks at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, St Mary’s (1962) by Kevin J. Curtin
    AAA looks at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, St Mary’s (1962) by Kevin J. Curtin

    Nestled diagonally across a suburban corner block in St Mary’s, Sydney, Our Lady of the Rosary Church also resides within a broader evolution in modern Church design.


    Why we need 'crazy' ideas for new city parks
    Why we need 'crazy' ideas for new city parks

    Two seemingly unrelated but important things happened in Melbourne last week. One was a memorial service for David Yencken AO; the other was the exhibition opening of the Future Park Design Ideas Competition. The connection between the two is that both gave us radical ideas for Melbourne’s open space.


    AAA looks at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral, Darwin (1957-1962)
    AAA looks at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral, Darwin (1957-1962)

    Designed by Ian Ferrier (Donoghue, Cusick, and Edwards) and guarding a corner block in Darwin’s CBD, a ferro-cement parabolic arch runs the entire 58m length of St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin, stepping closely towards Smith Street. This, and the 25m bell tower, are the major gestures in Ian Ferrier’s 1957 design.


    AAA looks at the Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide, 1986, by Guy Maron, Raffen Maron Architects
    AAA looks at the Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide, 1986, by Guy Maron, Raffen Maron Architects

    The Bicentennial Conservatory is intriguing not simply for what one sees in it, but through it. Passing by a set of renovated Edwardian buildings at the entrance to Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens on the Princes Highway, the city block turns quickly to gardens and bushland.


    The house designs of Frank Lloyd Wright
    The house designs of Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was and still is one of America's most celebrated architects. From the Guggenheim Museum in New York to the Imperial Hotel in Japan, Wright's work is far-reaching and iconic.


    So what did a Viking ‘House of the Dead’ look like?
    So what did a Viking ‘House of the Dead’ look like?

    A Viking Age mortuary house has been discovered during the excavation of the burial ground of one of the Viking Age farms on Vinjeøra in Hemne in Trøndelag.


    'It felt like a prison' – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes
    'It felt like a prison' – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes

    Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 live in aged care, and numbers have only changed slightly in the last decade.


    Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer
    Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer

    In order to counteract the effects of global warming, we need to consider ways to enhance biodiversity within our cities.


    A lot to learn: Specifying internal walls for childcare centres
    A lot to learn: Specifying internal walls for childcare centres

    It must be said that designing an early learning centre (ELC) is a special beast. There’s the unique set of design standards and minimum requirements for things such as floorspace, fall zones, entrapment, amenity and storage.


    Sections²: Collins House by Bates Smart
    Sections²: Collins House by Bates Smart

    In this Sections² we look at Collins House, which was designed by Bates Smart for the Golden Age Group.


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